July 12, 2005 12:02 PM PDT

EU antitrust officials raid Intel

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what investigators have come up with and what is being accused...before they contact" authorities with an explanation.

In most cases, investigators search through hard-copy documents and computer files, the source noted.

An AMD spokesman praised the Commission's raid.

"The strong steps taken by the European Commission today shows Intel cannot escape the scrutiny of antitrust officials around the world, nor the consequences of anticompetitive actions," said Mike Simonoff, an AMD spokesman.

A history of disputes
AMD filed its suit against Intel on June 24. A few days later, AMD Japan filed suit against Intel K.K., the chip giant's Japanese unit.

But AMD's recent lawsuits are only the latest battle the company has waged with Intel, and the smaller chipmaker in fact urged the European Commission to look at its rival. AMD complained to European antitrust regulators five years ago, alleging that Intel was engaging in "abusive" marketing programs. But the investigation remained relatively quiet for a couple of years.

AMD filed a new complaint with the Commission last year, and after a raid of Intel's offices by Japanese officials as part of a separate inquiry, European antitrust regulators said they were taking a close look at Intel and sent out 64 letters of inquiry to computer makers and retailers.

Japanese officials had made the findings of their raid available to antitrust agencies in other countries.

Intel reached an agreement a few months ago with Japan's Fair Trade Commission, which called on the chip giant to stop requiring PC makers to limit the use of competitors' chips in exchange for discounts. Intel agreed to abide by the recommendations, though the company said it disagreed with the agency's findings and conclusions.

Also last year, European officials said they would investigate the practice of some member states' procurement policies, which restricted computer purchases to only those that used Intel chips.

Graeme Wearden and Matt Loney of ZDNet UK contributed to this report.

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Holy Crap Batman! To the Wintel Cave!
Next stop MICROSITH Europe HQ's! (Euro-Death Star)

If I were Citizen Gates I would take this as a "shot across the bow" when dealing with the EU & their ongoing EU antitrust case...

Hello USDOJ? Is there anybody home?
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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You need help
What is the relevance with Microsoft? The only OS manufacturer doing deals with Intel at the moment is Apple.

Did Bill kick sand in your face or something?
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Holy Crap Batman! To the Wintel Cave!
Next stop MICROSITH Europe HQ's! (Euro-Death Star)

If I were Citizen Gates I would take this as a "shot across the bow" when dealing with the EU & their ongoing EU antitrust case...

Hello USDOJ? Is there anybody home?
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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You need help
What is the relevance with Microsoft? The only OS manufacturer doing deals with Intel at the moment is Apple.

Did Bill kick sand in your face or something?
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Who is the bully here? AMD or Intel?
All I hear is AMD attacking... Hmm... Desperation...

In marketing we say that any publicity is good publicity. In AMDs case is a divas cry for help. Since I use a combination of systems in my business, I'm not impressed with AMDs image at all. Layers win money, AMD will settle for less, and in the end layers still win. Isn't that what happened with Apple when Microsoft saved it by purchasing 100 mill in stock? The new guy that AMD has (Hector de Ruiz) will ruin the company for good. He reminds me of Karl Rove (rutheless pathological marketing BS nut).

I guess that if you practice 100% Marketing BS, in the end it means monopoly. The funny thing about this is that no corporation will admit on camera that they want full market share. But behind doors they always say "We envision for everyone to use our products". So AMD, STOP complaining like a little kid about the slice of cake you have, and concentrate in making better products. This year you are ahead because Intel relaxed its RD. If you continue with inovative producs you'll gain loyalty and market share. Shallow behavior from your part (AMD) would mean that I and many people will dump your stock for Big Macs.

So, who is the bully here? AMD or Intel? Just guess... it only has 3 letters.
Posted by domino360 (41 comments )
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I disaggree
AMD did innovate and does have superior products (ever tried the Athlon-FX series?) but that is not enough. Money talks. And monopolies have money. Money can preserve a monopoly (Microsoft comes to mind) even if the products are inferior. AMD has tried everithing they could. Having better products and prices is not enough once the competition bought up the marketplace. AMD is right in sueing intel since he's running out of options.

BTW about product superiority check out some benchmarks from www.tomshardware.com and do a price comparison.

How would you feel in the shoes of AMD? Court is the only option since what Intel is doing is illegal and hinders competition. Competition which would drop the prices for us, end users.
Posted by (92 comments )
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Who is the bully here? AMD or Intel?
All I hear is AMD attacking... Hmm... Desperation...

In marketing we say that any publicity is good publicity. In AMDs case is a divas cry for help. Since I use a combination of systems in my business, I'm not impressed with AMDs image at all. Layers win money, AMD will settle for less, and in the end layers still win. Isn't that what happened with Apple when Microsoft saved it by purchasing 100 mill in stock? The new guy that AMD has (Hector de Ruiz) will ruin the company for good. He reminds me of Karl Rove (rutheless pathological marketing BS nut).

I guess that if you practice 100% Marketing BS, in the end it means monopoly. The funny thing about this is that no corporation will admit on camera that they want full market share. But behind doors they always say "We envision for everyone to use our products". So AMD, STOP complaining like a little kid about the slice of cake you have, and concentrate in making better products. This year you are ahead because Intel relaxed its RD. If you continue with inovative producs you'll gain loyalty and market share. Shallow behavior from your part (AMD) would mean that I and many people will dump your stock for Big Macs.

So, who is the bully here? AMD or Intel? Just guess... it only has 3 letters.
Posted by domino360 (41 comments )
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I disaggree
AMD did innovate and does have superior products (ever tried the Athlon-FX series?) but that is not enough. Money talks. And monopolies have money. Money can preserve a monopoly (Microsoft comes to mind) even if the products are inferior. AMD has tried everithing they could. Having better products and prices is not enough once the competition bought up the marketplace. AMD is right in sueing intel since he's running out of options.

BTW about product superiority check out some benchmarks from www.tomshardware.com and do a price comparison.

How would you feel in the shoes of AMD? Court is the only option since what Intel is doing is illegal and hinders competition. Competition which would drop the prices for us, end users.
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Intel Has Commoditized the Market...
And if you don't agree that Intel has a monopoly then that is your right. It is also your right to pay double the current prices for PCs if AMD pulls out of the x86 market since the only time Intel lowers prices is when AMD comes out with a competing product. If AMD loses this lawsuit we all lose.
When you buy an Intel system from any of the Tier 1 OEMs you are are essentially buying a computer that Intel designed. Other than case styles and periphery all Wintel boxes are the same. Intel owns the souls of the major OEMs and can and do adversely affect their operations if they "don't play ball".
At least in the OS arena you have some competition but that simply isn't the case in the CPU wars.

Fred Dunn
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
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Intel Has Commoditized the Market...
And if you don't agree that Intel has a monopoly then that is your right. It is also your right to pay double the current prices for PCs if AMD pulls out of the x86 market since the only time Intel lowers prices is when AMD comes out with a competing product. If AMD loses this lawsuit we all lose.
When you buy an Intel system from any of the Tier 1 OEMs you are are essentially buying a computer that Intel designed. Other than case styles and periphery all Wintel boxes are the same. Intel owns the souls of the major OEMs and can and do adversely affect their operations if they "don't play ball".
At least in the OS arena you have some competition but that simply isn't the case in the CPU wars.

Fred Dunn
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